But why watch birds? you may ask,
There are so many little reasons why.
To see a chickadee in a tiny mask,
to watch vultures soar against a sky.
A phoebe flicks its shiny tail
to show off at all, watch or don't.
Witness as hawks hunt, succeed or fail,
or wait for a nuthatch to fall (it won't).
Watch titmice tease ruby-crowned kings
tricky with their call, chick-a-dee-dee-dee,
the rustle of a crow's wings
leaving its perch in canopy.
A tiny gnatcatcher's stern glare
(a false black eyebrow makes it appear)
yet scold it does, "Come close, if you dare,"
a small bird's message loud and clear.
"Every bird is a person" you would glean
if you just got closer. But some forgot
to look up; but nature's reality can be seen;
the question, rather, is Why not?